ES Solutions @ Color Ad Packaging Ltd (2013)

A WEM partnership case study

Color Ad Packaging in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is using Essential Skills (ES) training to decrease waste in its plant.

Established in 2000, Color Ad makes packaging products for such clients as Lindt Chocolates, and is Canada’s largest producer of popcorn bags. While the company was experiencing strong growth, both the printing and the bag-making sides of company operations were experiencing unaccountable levels of waste.

A presentation by Workplace Education Manitoba helped Color Ad’s team understand that their workforce had ES gaps that were directly affecting technical operations. Discussions with WEM led to a partnership, as management realized that profitability improvements hinged on their workforce first being able to competently and reliably collect, input, and communicate about the daily production data.

WEM’s team analyzed tasks for the skills required, workers were assessed for their ES levels, and instructional sessions were customized and timed to fit into Color Ad’s production schedule.

As the workers’ skill levels began to improve, so too did the consistency and quality of production data. Building on that success, the program was broadened to include basic computer skills for office staff, and diversity training for managers to help them communicate more effectively with workers from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

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